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Professor S. Santhirasegaram

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Prof.Sinnathamby Santhirasegaram
PhD, MPhil, BA (Hons), Dip.in Edu.
Professor in the Department of Languages
Department of Languages
Faculty of Arts & Culture
Eastern University, Sri Lanka
Telephone: 0652240002 (Office) , 0776647375 (Mobile)
Email: santhirasegarams@esn.ac.lk

Biography

Full Name: Prof. Sinnathamby Santhirasegaram
Academic Position: Professor in the Department of Languages
Address: Permanent: 110/3, 10th Cross, Kannaki Amman Kovil Road, Batticaloa.
Official: Department of Languages, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University,
Sri Lanka, Vantharumoolai.
Nationality: Sri Lankan Tamil
Sex: Male
Civil Status: Married
School attended: BT/Shivananda National School, Batticaloa
Contacts: Telephone : office: 94652240002, Residence: 94 65 2221588
Mobile: +94 706747375
E-Mail: santhirasegarams@esn.ac.lk

 

University Education

  • Ph.D in Tamil , Eastern University, Sri Lanka, 2008 – 2014 
    Title of Research: Orature in Eastern Sri Lanka
  • M.Phil in Tamil, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, 1998 – 2004
    Title of Research: The Making of Orature and its usage: A Stud based on the Orature Tradition in Batticaloa.
  • B.A.Hons., (Second Class – Upper Division) in Tamil, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, 1991-1996
  • Post graduate diploma in Education, Open University of Sri Lanka, 1999.

Academic Profession

  • Professor in Department of Languages from 15.01.2021.
  • Senior Lecturer - Gr.I in Tamil at the Department of Languages, Eastern University,
    Sri Lanka from 06.05.2020.
  • Senior Lecturer - Gr.II in Tamil at the Department of Languages, Eastern University,
    Sri Lanka from 06th May 2014.
  • Lecturer in Tamil at the Department of Languages, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
    from 06th May 2009 to 05th May 2014.
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer in Tamil at the Department of Languages, Eastern
    University, Sri Lanka from 1st April 1998 to 31st January 1999.
  • Temporary Tutor at the Department of Languages, Eastern University, Sri Lanka
    from 1st November 1996 to 31st March 1998.
  • Visiting Lecturer at the Swami Vipulananda College of Music and Dance, Eastern
    University, Sri Lanka for the academic year 2001/2002.

Contact
Office:
Department of Languages,
Eastern University, Sri Lanka,
Vantharumoolai,
Chenkalady.
065 224 0002

Home:
110/3, Kannaki Amman Kovil Road,
10th Cross,
Batticaloa.
Mobile: 077 664 7375
 

Publications

Books of Scholarly work published in the relevant field

  1. Santhirasegaram, S., (2020). Literature and Tamils Cultural Tradition,  Kumaran Book House, Colombo – Chennai,  ISBN: 978-955-6596-80
  2. Santhirasegaram, S. (2020). Folk Songs of Mandur Region – Introduction and Research, Pulavarmani Periyathampippillai Memorial Association, Batticaloa, ISBN: 978-955-3453-02-0
  3. Santhirasegaram, S., (2019). Oral Songs of Batticaloa: Creating and Usage of Kadduppadalkal, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-624-5228-00-X
  4. Santhirasegaram, S.,(2019). Traditional Tamil Literature of Eastern part of Sri Lanka, Department of Cultural Affairs, Eastern Province, Trincomalee, ISBN:978-955-3431-01-1

Chapters 

  1. Santhirasegaram, S., 2020, ‘Introduction to African Orature and its performing traditions’, Chapter Published by Kumaran Book House, Colombo – Chennai, on a book titled ‘Theories of Art, Literature and Philosophy, Joint Author, ISBN: 978-955-659-668-7.
  2. Santhirasegaram, S., (2020), ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Folklore: dominant ideologies – oppression – alternative voices’ Chapter Published by Kumaran Book House, Colombo – Chennai, on book titled ‘Folklore: Ritual and Social Traditions’, Joint Author, ISBN: 978-955-659-668-7.
  3. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2019), Educational Scholars of Sri Lanka, Kalai Ilakkiya Avai, Mandur, ISBN: 978-955-7202-04-4.
  4. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2019), ‘Sustaining Cultural Uniqueness in the Globalized Context’, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. ISBN: 978- 624-5228-02-7. 
  5. Santhirasegaram, S., (1997), Batticaloa Writers in Sri Lankan Tamil Literature, Chapter  Published by Vipavi Cultural Centre, Colombo, on a book titled ‘Sri Lankan Contemporary Tamil Literature’, Joint Author.

Editing of Collections of Essays and Books 

 
  1. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2018), ‘Pukal Pooththa Pulavarmani – Poetic Compilation’, Pulavarmani Periyathampippillai Memorial Association, Batticaloa, ISBN: 978-955-3453-00-6.
  2. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2018), ‘Master of Arts – 2017/2018- Students’ Handbook’, Postgraduate Unit, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  3. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2016), ‘Bharathy’ Bharathy Journal Compilation’, Kalai Ilakkiya Avai, Mandur. ISBN: 978-955-7202-00-6.
  4. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2015), ‘Ullathum Nallathum’, Pulavarmani Periyathampippillai Memorial Association, Batticaloa.

Editing of Classical Work 

 
  1. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed), (2020), ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Folk tales- Collection of Historical Folktales, Kumaran Book House, Colombo. ISBN:978-955-659-680-9.
  2. Santhirasegaram, S., (ed) (2019). ‘The tradition of Oral Songs in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka, Kumaran Book House, Colombo, ISBN: 978-955-659-573-4.

Textbooks for University Students published in the relevant field 

  1. Santhirasegaram, S., (2020), Ethical Literature in Tamil (in Tamil), Kumaran Book House, Colombo, ISBN:978-955-659-675-5.
  2. Santhirasegaram, S., (2020), ‘Sri Lankan Tamil Folklore’, Kumaran Book House, Colombo, ISBN:978-955-659-679-3.

Creative work in literature 

  1. Santhirasegaram, S., (Editing and directed by)  (2020) Vasanthan Songs (Folk Songs), DVD Form> Batticaloa. 

Research Papers Published in Journals 

 
  1. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Agriculture folklore of Sri Lankan Tamils, Peyal, Vol.vi, Issue 02, April – September 2020, Pp18-30, An International Refereed Journal of Tamil Studies, Coimbatore, ISBN: 2394 - 0948.
  2. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). The creative elements of the Periyapurana in the epic perspective, International Refereed Journal of Tamil Studies Research (IRJTSR),Vol.2,No.3, July to August 2020, International E-Journal of Tamil Studies, ISSN: 2582-5313.
  3. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Ethics and dominance in Iniyavainatpathu, Neithal,Vol – 10, No.2,  2019, it is refereed Journal, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 2012 – 6573.
  4. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020 ). African Orature and Sri Lankan Tamil Ballad Songs tradition: A Comparative Study, Inam, Vol.6, No.24, November 2020, International E-Journal of Tamil Studies, ISSN: 2455-0531.
  5. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Tragic ‘Kavi’ of Sri Lankan Muslim Rural Womens: Social and Psychological view, Inam,Vol.6, No.23,  August 2020, it is refereed Journal, International E-Journal of Tamil Studies, ISSN: 2455-0531.
  6. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020 ). Song Composition Systems of Sri Lankan Tamil Rural Poets, Shanlax,Vol.5, No.2, October, 2020, International Journals- A Peer reviewed – Scholarly Indexed Quarterly Journal, Shanlax International Journals, Madurai. P-ISSN: 2454-3993, E- ISSN: 2582-2810.
  7. Santhirasegaram,S. (2019). Verukal Sithravelayuthar Kāthal: Creative aspects and Historical Identity, Mozhithal, Issue 6, No 01, January to June 2019, A biannual peer reviewed journal, Independent research Circle, Batticaloa, ISBN : 2386- 1630.
  8. Santhirasegaram,S. (2018). Oral Historical Methodology, Mozhithal, Issue 5, No 01, A biannual peer reviewed journal, Independent research Circle, Batticaloa.ISBN: 2386- 1630.
  9. Santhirasegaram,S. (2018). Boundaries of the Epic Texts and Its diversity: A study of focused on South Asian and South - East Asian Region, Neithal,Vol -2, 2018,  Refereed Journal, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, ISBN : 2012 – 6573.
  10. Santhirasegaram,S. (2016 ). Social Changes caused from 1980 and Survival of the batticaloa folkdance, Neithal, Vol.8 No ii, July to December 2016, A biannual peer reviewed journal of the Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka. ISBN: 2012 – 6573.
  11. Santhirasegaram,S. (2016). Silappathikaram Inventions and their Legends, Peraivu, Issue 9, No 01,2020, February to July 2020, it is bi-annual peer reviewed journal, Department of Indian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Malaya, ISBN: 2289 – 8379, eISBN: 2636-946X.
  12. Santhirasegaram,S. (2015 ). Goddess Kannaki Literatures of Sri Lankan Tamils – A Study of literary revival, Mozhithal, Issue 2 No 01, January to June, 2015, A bi-annual peer reviewed journal, Independent Research Circle, Batticaloa.ISBN : 2386- 1630.
  13. Santhirasegaram,S. (2014). Poetic Tradition of the Eastern part of Sri Lanka, Neithal, Vol.7 No 01,  January to June, 2014, A biannual peer reviewed journal, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 2012 – 6573.
  14. Santhirasegaram,S. (2014 ). The Tradition of Sri Lankan Tamil Semi Oral Songs and Its understandings, Mozhithal, Issue 1 No 01, August 2014, A biannual peer reviewed journal, Independent Research Circle, Batticaloa, ISBN : 2386- 1630.
  15. Santhirasegaram,S., (1999). Male dominancy and resistance against it in folk Songs,  Neithal (Vol.2 No i, January to June, 1999, A biannual peer reviewed journal, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka, ISBN : 2012 – 6573.

Scientific and Literary Communications

 
  1. Santhirasegaram,S., (2020), ‘Literary ability of Pulavarmani Periyathampippillai’, ‘Sankam’, Special Magazine,Thamil Sangam, Batticaloa, ISBN: 978-955-42694-7-7
  2. Santhirasegaram,S., (2018 ), ‘History and worship Traditions of Mandur Murugan Temple’, ‘Murugu’ 4th International Conference 2018– Special Magazine, Thirumurugan Thiruvavakku Thirupeedam, Malaysia together with Ministry of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development & Hindu Religious Affairs, Department of Religious and Cultural Affairs and Hindu Cultural Fund, Sri Lanka.
  3. Santhirasegaram,S. (2017), ‘Daily Food and foodlore of Batticaloa Tamils’,  ‘māththu’ – Arts and Literary Article’s Collection, Divisional Secretariat, Koralaip Pattu, Valaichchenai,  ISBN: 978-955-50710-3-1
  4. Santhirasegaram,S. (2017), ‘Feelings of motherhood expressed on the Women’s ‘Kavi’s’, ‘Jeevanathy’ special issue, kalaiyakam publisher,  Alvai.
  5. Santhirasegaram,S. (2016), ‘A Study about the Literary Scholars written by Professor S. Yogarajah,’ ‘Karunai Yogam’ – Professor S. Yogarajah’s Felicitation vizha Special Magazine, Professor S. Yogarajah Felicitation Committee, Batticaloa.
  6. Santhirasegaram,S., (2012), ‘Ambiguity and Negligence of Oral Literary Tradition’, ‘Maruka’-Issue -7, Maruga Pathippakam, Araiyampathy.
  7. Santhirasegaram,S., (2012), ‘Political Songs of Oral Poets’, Gnanam -150th Issue ‘Special issue on Sri Lankan War Literature’, Gnanam Pathippakam, Colombo.
  8. Santhirasegaram,S., (2011), ‘Oral Literature of Batticaloa’, ‘Kaḷappu’, a special Magazine for People Art and Literary Jubilee, issued by District Secretariat Batticaloa.
 

Research Paper Presentation at National/ International Conferences/ Symposia

  1. Santhirasegaram,S.,  Alagaratnam, V., (2020),  Use of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Resolving life-problem: A Study on Unwritten Poems (Kavi) of Muslim Women (in English), International Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH) – Fostering Folklore research Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jeyawardenepura, on 18th December 2020.
  2. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). V.Jeevakumaran’s Novels: Portray of the lifestyle and a way of expression of Tamil diaspora,  Proceeding, Annual research Session 2020 on Regional Development and Social betterment, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 20th October 2020. 
  3. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Features of the lifestyle revealed in the puzzles of the upcountry,  Proceeding, Annual research Session 2020 on Regional Development and Social betterment, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 20th October 2020.
  4. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Thaththaividu Thoothu of Sri Lanka:  The voice of social criticism from the love separation, Proceeding, International Seminar on ‘Religious Literatures and Ethical Concepts’, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai on 25.02.2020. ISBN: 978-93-86568-78-6
  5. Santhirasegaram,S. (2020). Ideologies of Valluvar about the women in Thirukkural Porutpaal), Proceeding, 11th International Conference for Thirukkural - 2020, International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai…in Association with Thamilthai Trust ,Thanjavur on 21, 22 and 23 February 2020, ISBN:978-81-909877-5-2
  6. Santhirasegaram,S. (2019). Characteristics of Chastity and theological thoughts in Isuvaa Ammaanai, Proceeding, 4th International Conference, Paris on 29th and 29th September 2019, ISBN:978-295-1012-27-1
  7. Santhirasegaram,S. (2019). Bio - diversity Conservation in ritual Songs – A study of the Eastern part of Sri Lanka), Proceeding, International Conference on the Role of Religious Literature in Bio- diversity Conservation’, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai on 21.02.2019, ISBN: 978-93-86568-43-4
  8. Santhirasegaram,S. (2019). Social grievance in Modern Poetry of Manmunai Southwest Region, Proceeding, Annual research Session 2019 on Sustaining Cultural Uniqueness in the Globalized context, Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 19th December 2019, ISBN: 978-624-5228-02-7
  9. Santhirasegaram,S. (2018). Folk Arts and Literature of Eastern Tamils of Sri Lanka: Changes and developments, Proceeding, 13th International Conference on ‘Challenges and Initiatives of the Tamil Language and Culture’, International Movement for Tamil Culture, Canada and University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka on 05 -06 August, 2017, ISBN: 978-81-933581-8-4
  10. Santhirasegaram,S. (2018). Myth and History of Vathanamar ritual Songs (In English), Proceeding, International Conference on the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ICHSS) - 2018, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on November 22-23, 2018,  ISBN: 955 – 589-249-8.
  11. Santhirasegaram,S., (2018), Women’s tragic expression through the Ashraf Laments, 6th International Symposium – SEUARS- 2017 on ‘New Horizons towards human development’, Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka on 26th June 2018.
  12. Santhirasegaram,S., (2018), ‘Adukkuch Sadanku’ performed in Mandur Murugan Temple: A Sociological view point, 4th International Conference, Thirumurugan Thiruvavakku Thirupeedam, Malaysia together with Ministry of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development & Hindu Religious Affairs, Department of Religious and Cultural Affairs and Hindu Cultural Fund, Sri Lanka on 2nd to 5th August 2018.
  13. Santhirasegaram,S., (2018), Food habits and local knowledge activities of Batticaloa Tamils, 3rd International Conference, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 15th – 18th July 2018.
  14. Santhirasegaram,S. (2017). Reformed texts of Silappathikaram, ‘Thanpatham’ Proceeding of Annual Conference on Cilambu and Mekalai: New Perspective, Department of Tamil, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 7th October 2017. ISBN: 978-955-589-249-0. 
  15. Santhirasegaram,S. (2017).  Vediyarasan Story: Myth and History, Proceeding, 7th International Symposium on ‘Multidisciplinary research for sustainable development’, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka on 7thand 8th December 2017.  ISBN: 978-955-627-119-5
  16. Santhirasegaram,S., (2017). History of Tamil Society in the Folklore view point), Research Conference, Tamil Sangam, Colombo on 14th and 15th January 2017.
  17. Santhirasegaram,S., (2017.Social Changes and Traditions of the ‘Ennaichchinthu’ Singing, 2nd International Conference, Swamy Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 15th-17th June 2017.
  18. Santhirasegaram,S., (2016). The Role of the ‘Ennaichchinthu’ in the development of the Sri Lankan Tamils’ Education, International Conference (IC SVIAS– 2016) on Traditional Arts in the Context of Globalization,  Swamy Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 15-18 September 2016.
  19. Santhirasegaram,S. (2016), Literary purpose and Approaches of Swami Vipulanandar, Proceeding, International Conference on U.V.Swaminatha Iye and Tamil Scholars of the 19th Century, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India, Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Department of  Tamil, University of Peradiniya, Sri Lanka on 5th December 2016,  ISBN: 978-93-85267-10-9
  20. Santhirasegaram,S. (2015).  Origin and Development of  Folk Epic Songs of the Eastern part of Sri Lanka, Proceeding, 9th International Conference – Seminar on Tamil Studies on Nurturing Tamil Studies in the Era of Globalization, International Association for Tamil Research  (IATR) Malaysia, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, on 29 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2015.
  21. Santhirasegaram,S. (2015).  Social role of Folk ‘Kavi’s in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka, 46th International Conference, All Indian University Tamil Teacher’s Association, Tamil University, Thanjavur on 16th  and 17th May 2015.
  22. Santhirasegaram,S. (2015).  The Tradition of Semi Oral Songs and Its understandings in the culture of the Eastern Tamils of Sri Lanka’, International Conference, International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai on 26.02,2015.
  23. Santhirasegaram,S., (2014). Literary trends of Eastern Sri Lanka up to 19th Century), 3rd International Conference  Reviewer, on “Sustainable Development through Innovations”, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 4th and 5th December 2014.
  24. Santhirasegaram,S., (2013), Documentation of Orature Songs of Sri Lanka, Proceeding, Tamil documentation Conference, Noolaham Foundation, Colombo, in April 2013, ISBN: 978-955-4918-00-9
  25. Santhirasegaram,S., (2011), The Creating and Usage of ‘Temple Ritual Songs in Batticaloa Region, 10th Annual Research Session (ARS), Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 1th & 2th December 2011.
  26. Santhirasegaram,S (2010) Immigration of the People towards a Temple – Based on Mandur Murugan Temple, 9th Annual Research Session (ARS) Organize by Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka on 17-18 December 2010, ISBN: 1800- 4539.

Edited Journal

  1. Santhirasegaram, S (Editor). Mozhithal Research Journal, Independence Research circle, Baticaloa.
  2. Kiruparajah,R., (Chief Editor). (Dece. 2016). Neithal, Issue-8, No.ii,. Santhirasegaram, S (Associate Editors), Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.
  3. Santhirasegaram, S (Managing Editors). (Dec 2014). Neithal, Issue-7, No.ii. Faculty of Arts & Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka.

Research Interest

  • Folklore
  • History of Tamil Literature
  • Ancient Tamil Poetry
  • Tamil Modern Literature
  • Criticism 
  • Cultural Studies.

Teaching

  • Sri Lankan Tamil Folklore
  • South Asian Literature
  • Tamil ancient literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Ethical Literature in Tamil
  • Sri Lankan Tamil Literature
  • Tamil Language Skills

Awards

  1. Traditional Tamil Literature of Eastern part of Sri Lanka: Received the Best book Award under Folklore research category by department of Cultural Affairs, Eastern Province, Trincomalee for the Eastern Province Literary Festival 2020.
  2. Oral Songs of Batticaloa: Creating and Usage of Kadduppadalkal: Selected for State Literary Award – 2020/2021, under research category by department of Cultural Affairs, Battaramulla.

Positions Held

  • Head for the Department of Languages, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka with effect from 02.03.2020 up to date.
  • Coordinator for the Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Culture, Eastern University, Sri Lanka effect from 01.06.2016.
  • Coordinator for the Subject of Basic Sinhala and Basic Tamil for all Faculties, Eastern University, Sri Lanka for a period of more than three years with effect from 01.05.2015 to 31.12.2018.
  • Student Counselor for Faculty of Arts & Culture from 28.09.2016 to 15.01.2020.